The Phase I Search project area roughly extends south from Terrace to Kitimat and east to Smithers. The area was surveyed in 2008 with airborne gravity and electromagnetic (EM) survey technology as part of Geoscience BC's QUEST-West project, which was done in partnership with the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako and the Northern Development Initiative Trust. The new Search project used utilize magnetic sensor technology mounted on a helicopter to gather regional data at a line spacing of 250 metres = a much higher resolution than what currently exists in the public domain. The magnetic survey passively read the natural magnetic signature of the earth using a magnetometer, while the surveys flown in 2008 measured the resistivity and conductivity (EM) and gravity responses of the earth at 2- and 4-kilometre line spacings.
Robin Archdekin, Geoscience BC's president & CEO said, "The Search Project will generate high-resolution earth science information to support investment and opportunities for First Nations and communities in British Columbia's central northwest. This new data will also equip mineral explorers in B.C. with great tools for the eventual market recovery."